The Adoption Authority does not provide direct services to children so there is limited contact between staff and Board members of the Authority and children. When children are in the Adoption Authority offices they are supervised at all times by their parent or carer.
Child protection concerns can come to the notice of the Adoption Authority through through reviews of assessments for adoption; through mediation and counselling provided for the National Contact Preference Register; or through duty calls, letters and emails to the Adoption Authority. Child protection issues which come to the attention of the Adoption Authority are sent by the Authority's Children First Child Protection Officer to the appropriate Tusla - Child and Family Agency office.
Adoption service providers accredited by the Adoption Authority have written policies and procedures on Children First guidelines. The operation of these policies and procedures are reviewed by Adoption Authority social workers when the service providers are applying for accreditation or are being inspected or reviewed during their period of accreditation.
Children First Child Protection Officer for the Adoption Authority is Ms Katie Harrigan, Senior Social Work Practitioner, Tel 01 2309 318 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Designate Child Protection Officer, Mr Ronan Keegan, Social Worker, 01 2309 319 email@example.com
Garda vetting is a vital part of ensuring the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults. Since 2012 legislation requires mandatory vetting, prior to employment, of employees with access to children and vulnerable adults. The Adoption Authority of Ireland is registered with the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) for this purpose.
The Adoption Authority provides services directly to adults, through the National Adoption Contact Preference Register, the matching of Irish families with children in Ireland and abroad and through the duty telephone line. It is the policy of the Adoption Authority that all staff undergo Garda vetting and this is updated on a regular basis.